Below are families from recent ShelterBox deployments who received aid, delivered by our ShelterBox Response Team members. Check back for more first-hand accounts from ShelterBox Response Team members in the field.
A ShelterBox Response Team, including ShelterBox Canada Executive Director Stephanie Christensen, returned to Ecuador to check in on families who received ShelterBox aid after the April earthquake and also providing more aid for families whose homes were damaged by further aftershocks. ShelterBox provided over 3,000 families with ShelterKits consisting of heavy duty tarps, tools, building materials and bamboo, as well as mosquito nets and water filters. With the aid, training and assistance provided by ShelterBox, families were able to build strong, locally appropriate homes. You can learn more about the return to Ecuador on our blog here.
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levy matthieu and his family - Haiti. October 2016
Levy Mathiu and his family were all involved in the upkeep of their productive plot where surplus crops were sold to the loca market. On the night of October 4th, everything changed. The Matthieu family lost everything after Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti. Their home was wrecked through the night with barely a wall standing by dawn. Their livestock had run away, all their crops had been destroyed. Our team in Haiti is continuing to work with communities and getting to know the familes affected by Hurricane Matthew. Stories like Levy's start to emerge that give us an insight into their lives and how desperate we are to get aid to people. You can read more about ShelterBox's work in Haiti here.
SRI LANKA - May 2016
In May 2016, heavy rains caused the worst flooding in 25 years in Sri Lanka. Several landslides were triggered due to the inundation of water, the worst of which recorded in Aranayaka where 200 houses were thought to be buried. ShelterBox deployed a Response Team and worked closely with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Disaster Management, local Rotary clubs, the Sri Lanka Army, IOM, World Vision, Red Cross and local Sri Lankan community members. ShelterBox was able to provide ShelterBoxes to 126 households, because of the generous support of our donors. You can read our news story about the deployment in Sri Lanka here.
Maria Bele Artiaga - Ecuador, April 2016
Maria Bele Artiaga, a wife and mother in her 50s, experienced her second brush with disaster when the massive earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16. Maria was alone in her house the evening of the earthquake, watching TV. Maria describes the unfolding horror: “The entire house was shaking. I felt disoriented like I was in a whirlpool and everything was spinning and twirling around me [...] I couldn’t move and I just watched in shock. I thought the world was ending.” ShelterBox response team members Jon Berg and Celine Chhea spotted Maria by the roadside near her shattered home at Higueron Afuera as they conducted assessments around Portoviejo. ShelterBox is distributing thousands of shelter kits in Ecuador, that contain tools and tarpaulins to either create rudimentary shelters or to repair and waterproof damaged buildings. Learn more about the ongoing ShelterBox response in Ecuador here.
Diane and her family - Fiji, April 2016
Cyclone Winston caused widespread devastation on the islands of Fiji when it struck, including in the village of Tokou on the island Ovalau. Diane and her family were one of many who lost their home and their possessions as a result of Cyclone Winston. They sought refuge in the community centre over the duration of the storm, where water levels were so high that adults had to hold their children above their heads while the storm passed. With your support, ShelterBox teams were able to provide a ShelterBox to Diane and her family. For Diane and her family, a ShelterBox means relief. I'm so happy to have a tent - to have a safe place of our own to sleep.’ To learn more about how ShelterBox response teams helped families rebuild in Fiji after Cyclone Winston, read the news article here.